This Lifestyle Brand and Scratch-Made Bowl Concept Plans to Grow by 75% By the End of 2017

This Lifestyle Brand and Scratch-Made Bowl Concept Plans to Grow by 75% By the End of 2017

Consumers are no longer confined to their own kitchens to make nutritious meals now that an array of better-for-you brands have emerged.

These concepts are offering meals that are GMO-free, all-natural, and with grass-fed meat and no high fructose corn syrup. They are also catering to gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and paleo eaters. 

Eating healthy isn't just a consumer fad, but instead has become a movement that has changed the restaurant industry forever. 

With that being said, which of these healthy concepts have the most potential?

A few of these brands landed on our National Top 25 Restaurants list, which is compiled from consumer social data pulled from Foodable Labs. The list highlights the industry's bigger players, that are the widespread, recognizable brands and chains consumers know and love.

At the end of 2016, Corelife Eatery ranked at No. 19 on this list. This brand currently has 16 stores, but plans to grow to 28 stores by the end of the year. 

To help the concept meet its aggressive expansion goals, Scott Davis, the former Panera Bread chief concept officer was brought on as the president earlier this year. 

We sat down with the restaurant industry veteran to see why he decided to make the move to Corelife Eatery, how the brand incorporates consumer trends, and what's to come. 

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Healthy Chains Invade the Dallas Dining Scene

Dish from Modmarket  | Foodable WebTV Network 

Dish from Modmarket | Foodable WebTV Network 

Even the dining scene of cities like Dallas, known for deliciously unhealthy bbq, are being populated with healthier  chains. Some of these include Modmarket, Seasons 52, True Food Kitchen, and LYFE Kitchen. 

Dallas is a hot market for relatively new brands to expand into. Larger cities, like LA are difficult to break into due to the competition. These restaurants have an advantage by leading the way for healthier options in Dallas. Read More

Oooooopa!, Fast Casual Goes Greek

At the Fast Casual Trends & Directions Conference, we catch up with Nick Vojnovic, President of Little Greek. This open kitchen, fresh and healthy fast casual concept has recently opened its 12th store location, and continues to expand. In this episode, brought to you by the Foodable Network, Paul and Nick discuss some challenges in the Greek fast casual segment, as well as the overall rise of ethnic fast casual trends, and how wait times are changing for consumers, especially mobile Millennials. For more coverage from the FCTD event, check out our interviews with Rosati's Pizza, LeDuff America, Raising Cane's and Fatburger.